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It's time for the New Zealand guide! Since I went with Kiwi Experience this is going to be entirely from that perspective since I only saw the things where the bus took me. This is something I recommend if you are travelling by yourself. You will meet a BUNCH of people, have an awesome guide and get to know/see practically everything and you get it for a really good price if you book in the right time. If you are more people though, maybe a camper van is more beneficial.
My two days in the city was enough. One day at a museum and the next walking up on Mt. Eden. I really recommend doing the later one. It was a spectacular view from that mountain. Eat lunch in Eden Village. A cute little road with mixed food places. The main street is called Queen Street, this is where you will find all the shops and my new favourite a second hand shop. You can find vintage brands for like 15-20 NZ dollars.
Two days as enough here as well. I recommend walking or taking the ferry to other side. This to see NZ first capital - Russell. Its an old village with really cute houses and good restaurants. The second day I would recommend going up to NZ most north point - Cape Reinga. Where you can see two seas meet, andboard and see a beautiful lighthouse.
Hot Water Beach
Just like the name, this is a beach where you can dig your own hotpool. Basically the only thing there actually. Just bring a spade and think of both the tide and that may be alot of people there. You can also take a short drive to Cathedral Cove, where many movies are set. Its beautiful down there;
Yet another city where the only thing to see are the glowworms. Really cool and can really recommend it. They have a bunch of tours but I recommend the boat one if you dont want to get wet and cold. Otherwise there are some where you can get up close and float around in the lakes in the caves. there are also some treks or walks around the area where you can see the old gold mines from the gold rush times.
HOBBITON of course. Well its actually on the way over to Rotorua. There are also a bunch of mud pools to visit (therefore the smell). And if you want to learn more abot the Maori Culture go visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Either for an overnight stay or for dinner.
This is one of the biggest cities on the northern island. There is an actual civilisation here. The lake is huge (actually the size of Singapore and a crater). But I think the main point of coming here is to do one of most beautiful treks in the world. Yup, its 19km long and you can also climb a volcano (Mt. Doom). Would never do it again because it was a MASSIVE thing. But dont regret doing it *clapping myself on the shoulder*. It takes a whole day and is exhausting but its beautiful.
There are also som hot springs/spaas around the area, the popular Huka Falls and a big Redwood forest, so check them out too!
This isn'r really a popular and well-known place. Its basically just a farm down in a valley. This is where the countries best river raftning is though, and they have some really good horse-back riding. Its simply a hide-away. So pretty too and make sure to order the roast. They have it every night and it is the best one ever.
The windy capital. You are supposed to be able to see orcas in the harbour. More to do is go see Te Papa. A great museum, probably the best ever. Check out Cuba Street, where you can find all kinds of shops and restaurants. See a game at the stadium and go up to the city's look out spot. It is supposed to magnificent.
Over to the South Island
The only way to get over is to take the ferry to Picton, which took about 3 hours. Costs about 55 NZ follars. May be more expensive since I got a discount from traveling with Kiwi.
A little city just a while from Picton. A perfect place to see seals and other wild-life as well as taking long walks. This place is one of my favourites from the trip.
On the way over to Westport we passed Lake Rotoroa. A popular place to go, simply cause its beautiful ith the mountains and the jetty. Otherwise in Westport there isn't much to do. We simply just surfed and went to the local pub.
So in actual Mahinapua there isn't much. It's mainly for people traveling with Kiwi Experience. We got to stay at a pub/hostel nearby a lake with the same name. Where we had a custome party, which was so much fun. Otherwise there is on the way over to Franz Josef the well-known Pancakes Rocks. So ahve a walk around there and see the beautiful nature.
Mainly the place where you pay for going up and see/walk on the glaciers. It costs about 400 NZ dollars. I recommend going up there since these glaciers are disappearing really fast. Although there is a 60% risk that you wont be able to do since of the weather so you might have to stay a couple of extra nights. You can also, from what I've heard walk up a bit on you own. Obviously not to the top but a small way up. But don't trust me, this is jsut what I've heard. So make sure to look it up beforehand!!!
Traveling from Franz Josef to Wanaka you will pass by the Mirror Lake. I was there when it was bad eather thereby bad pictures. But it was still pretty amazing, it as so pretty.
You will also pass by a waterfall (see pictures) and a beautiful beach, where if good weather you can see dolphins. After that you will pass this lake. Where you will want to stop every minute because its simply just breathtaking.
While at Wanaka (what many people call miniature Queenstown) I recommend getting some take out and eat it down by the lake. Or even take a small run/walk around the lake.
The capital of Adrenalin. Recomend doing the bungee jump, since it was inventend here basically (!!!). The nightlife is also rally good, since many are having their last nights here or are jsut backpackers looking for some fun. Eat at Fergburger and wander around is all I can recommend actually.
Right outside of Queenstown there is a market (first picture) where they grow their own fruits and make their own wine. Really recommend going there to get some snacks and to support the locals.
The city in the world where you can see the stars the best. Which is true casue the sky was simply amazing when the sun went down. Go up to Mt. Jon, you may seem them the best up there. Also there is this lake which is just breathtaking and the Church of the Good Shepher, right next to lake.
My last stop on my trip. And a short one as well. I don't really recommend staying here for more than a day. There isn't much to do or see here. All I can recommend is wandering around and seeing the art, ruins from earthquakes and the botanical garden, as well as places of memory for those who died in the 2011 earthquake.
To think about
Eat at burgerfuel, almost better burgers than at Fergburger.
There is free wi-fi at every i-site, libraries, museums and most of the cafees. I amde it 3 weeks without paying for wi-fi.
Almost every city is linked with one or multiple hiking/walking trails to the nature. So there is always something to do.
Cookie Time was over-hyped to be honest.
Most of the cities in NZ are empty, the same amount living in Auckland live on the South Island, haha.
If hostels offer food that is cooked AT the hostel, pay for it. Especially if its roast. We payed for it two or three times and it was the best meals I've had.
Take out as much cash as you can, cause they charge about 2% everytime you use your card.
Don't take the views for granted, you are going to miss them when you leave.
Eat Feijoas. I think they are only available in NZ. A mixture between passionfruit and fig.
The bakeries have the best and cheapest bread and pastries.
Updated 27th of October, 2016